Clear Creek River

30 miles west of Denverfamily fun white water rafting

The Clear Creek River, the steepest raftable river in Colorado, has an average gradient of 67 feet per mile, and over 100 feet per mile on the advanced sections of the stream. This translates to more rapids per mile. This steep, narrow and technical river winds through the historic mining valley of Idaho Springs. This relatively small stream offers trips for fun loving beginners, adventurous intermediate rafters and the adrenaline junkie. The river is open for rafting from May through July and some years August.

This area boasts beautiful mountain scenery, with an abundance of wildlife. You can see muskrat, beaver, deer, bighorn sheep, and even an occasional Eagle.

The first major gold strike in Colorado was on January 7, 1859, in Idaho Springs by George Jackson. The gold strike brought many miners to the area, all in search of gold. Today, many flock to Idaho Springs and the surrounding area for many recreational activities as Clear Creek County is 80% Public Lands or National Forrest.


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All raft trips include use of wet suit, splash jacket, helmet, and a PFD. Booties are available for a $3 fee. A professional Guide is on each raft.

Sure–Shot - $44 Adults, $39 Child
Sure-Shot trips run Mid May to Mid August. Use the booking calendar to view exact dates.

Rafting on Clear Creek River’s mountain water is an experience that’s fun for the whole family. Get ready for some fun on our exciting ‘Sure Shot’ beginner-rafting trip. Begin with passing by the historic Charlie Taylor Water Wheel experiencing Class II rapids (ripples). While rafting through Historic Idaho Springs the Class III rapids of Castle Falls and Argo Holes test your newly developed rafting skills. Below town history and nature abound, with the occasional sighting of Retail Hawk, Deer, Fox, Bob Cat, Lynx, Elk, and Big Horn Sheep. Dizzy Lizzy, Power Line, Mountain Lion, and Box prepare us for the grand finale of Mr. Twister! The perfect beginner - starting with Class II water so you can practice, and then the Class III rapids. There is a 50 pound minimum for rafting to insure proper fit of the life jacket. Allow 3 hours for the trip.

Blast (Intermediate Half Day) - $54 Adults
Blast trips run Mid May to Mid August. Use the booking calendar to view exact dates.

Perhaps you’ve already been there and done that, and are looking for something more. Most folks who paddle the Blast weren’t expecting some of Colorado’s most consistent whitewater, and come back for more! With five solid class IV rapids and more class three whitewater than we have space to mention, the Blast is waiting for those with good physical conditioning and an attitude for adventure. If you are active in your daily life the 'Blast' is the trip for you. Allow 3 hours for the trip.

Minimum age 14.

Kamikaze (Advanced Half Day) - $74 Adults
Kamikaze trips run Mid June to Late July. Use the booking calendar to view exact dates.

One of our former guests refers to this trip as “the best darn whitewater around!”, and after braving the rapids of the Kamikaze trip you’ll understand why. Add another two miles of continuous (and we aren’t kidding!) ***class IV/III whitewater onto the Blast and you have an adventure that will bring you back over and over. If you’re on your toes you might have time to enjoy the scenery of the Front Range before you dive into your next rapid.

***The Kamikaze trip has a shortened availability because of water levels. Great Physical condition with endurance and previous rafting experience is suggested.



Minimum age 14.

Ultimo (Advanced Full Day) - $99 Adults
Ultimo trips run Mid June to Late July. Use the booking calendar to view exact dates.

This is the most consistent whitewater available on the Front Range, and almost the state. If action is what you are after then this is for you. We start off at our office on the banks of Clear Creek above the town of Lawson. Begin your day reveling in all the excitement of the Kamikaze, and then enjoy a tasty lunch prepared riverside by your guides. Continuing downstream, please digest your lunch before plunging into the awesome class IV rapids of the Lower Canyon, including Ejector, Double Knife, Deep Hell, and Terminator, just to name a few. An adventure for the brave of heart! Be prepared for a workout.

Minimum age 14.

Evening Rafting Trips

Mile Hi Rafting is happy to continue our tradition of running evening trips to accommodate those wishing to fill their whitewater itch, but have jobs during the daytime hours. Our evening trips start after 5:00pm, with your choice of the Sure-Shot or Blast at the same great price as our daytime trips. So grab a buddy, co-worker, or the whole office and come on up for some whitewater fun after work. This trip can only be offered when we can insure we are off the river before darkness. These trips are available a couple of weeks prior to summer solstice and a couple weeks after.

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Reservations made less than 36 hours in advance must be placed via phone at 303-567- 0717 to insure availability. Reservations are recommended to guarantee your date and time. Your reservation is for a specific time and date. To book your reservation we will need a 50% deposit or full payment. The deposit will be credited to your scheduled trip. You can cancel or change your trip up to 72 hours prior.  If you cancel prior to 72 hours you will be refunded minus a booking fee of 5%. If you cancel within 72 hours you will receive a 50% refund. The day of your adventure you will be charged for everyone reserved as reserved. All participants must sign a liability waiver.

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